Scientific Results

Spatial entanglement with bosons in optical lattices

Year: 2013

Authors: Fabbri N., Cramer M., Bernard A., Fallani L., Fort C., Rosi S., Caruso F., Inguscio M., Plenio M. B.

Autors Affiliation: [1] LENS, Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia, Università di Firenze, and INO-CNR, via Nello
Carrara 1, I-50019 Sesto Fiorentino (FI), Italy.
[2] Institut für Theoretische Physik, Albert-Einstein Allee 11, Universität Ulm, Ulm D-89069, Germany.
[3] Center for Integrated Quantum Science and Technology, Albert-Einstein Allee 11, Universität Ulm, Ulm D-89069, Germany.
[4] QSTAR, Largo Enrico Fermi 2, Firenze I-50125, Italy.

Abstract: Entanglement is a fundamental resource for quantum information processing [1-3], its applications including scalable quantum communication, secure quantum key distribution protocols for cryptography, and exponential speedup of quantum algorithms. It occurs naturally in manybody systems at low temperatures: This makes cold atoms good candidates to provide entangled states involving a large number of particles. For realizing and manipulating such states, an essential task is quantifying the actual amount of entanglement contained in the created state before using it for quantum information protocols. However, this task represents a major challenge, as it requires either full state tomography, scaling exponentially in the system size, or the assumption of unverified system characteristics such as its Hamiltonian or temperature.In this experiment [4], we obtain a quantification of multipartite entanglement from readily accessible measurements – that is, time-of-flight atomic density distribution – based on a recent proposal [5]. We directly observe and quantify the multipartite spatial entanglement between the sites of a periodic optical potential (optical lattice) that hosts massive bosonic particles. We characterize its behaviour when crossing the superfluid-Mott insulator transition and when varying temperature, demonstrating the robustness of our method.References[1] M. A. Nielsen and I. L. Chuang, Quantum Computation and Quantum Information, Cambridge University Press (Cambridge, 2000).[2]R. Horodecki, P. Horodecki, M. Horodecki, and K. Horodecki, Quantum entanglement, Rev. Mod. Phys. 81, 865-942 (2009).[3]O. Göhne and G. Tóth, Entanglement detection, Physics Reports 474, 1-75 (2009).[4]M. Cramer, A. Bernard, N. Fabbri, L. Fallani, C. Fort, S. Rosi, F. Caruso, M. Inguscio, and M. B. Plenio, Entanglement of bosons in optical lattices, E-print arXiv:1302.4897[5]M. Cramer, M. B. Plenio, and H. Wunderlich, Measuring entanglement in condensed matter systems, Phys. Rev. Lett. 106, 020401 (2011).


KeyWords: Multipartite entanglement; Quantum information; many-body systems

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